Defensora is a timely documentary that provides candid insights into the brave resistance struggles of Maya Q'eqchi' women and men in El Estor, Guatemala. The story is set along the shores of Lake Izabal, where Hudbay Minerals, a nickel mining company, has operated for over 50 years. Tensions run high against a backdrop and history of violence, intimidation and forced evictions; the stakes are high for the Mayan Q'eqchi people who risk their lives to protect their lands, speak the truth and seek justice in Canadian courts, and for Hudbay Minerals that continues to deny their allegations.
Photos: Adele Hinkley

Producing partner/stills photographer Adele Hinkley in attendance
Adele Hinkley is a passionate photographer who is motivated by the power of documentary images and their potential to express and invoke human emotion. She has worked across Canada and internationally for adventure tourism companies, the Nikkei Internment Memorial Center and various other special projects. She has attended a National Geographic Expeditions Photographic Workshop in New Mexico and studied Digital Arts and New Media at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. In 2012, Adele joined filmmaker and director Rachel Schmidt in Guatemala during the first phase of filming Defensora. She continues to be a producing partner and hopes her work will help to raise awareness about the injustices of negative mining practices.

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